The perfect combo

I think I may have found the perfect marriage of pencil and paper. Once again inside the swag bag from the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Barcelona, I found a box of 9B Cretacolor Fine Art Graphite pencils. They’re very soft, almost greasy pencils, but they keep a sharp point long after you think they will, they don’t break under pressure, and best of all they give me the real darks that I love. This — combined with the paper in my hand*book sketchbook — a magic combo!


9 Comments on “The perfect combo”

  1. Lee Kline says:

    Do you know Rick Tulka in Paris? I think he would love these.


  2. Ross says:

    Thanks so much… sounds like just what I have been looking for… I will track these down. The sketch looks so “rich” in the tones. And of course, you are right about the match between the pencil and the paper… the two have to be just right for each other. And it is great to see the never-moving wheelbarrow once again.

    • Let me know if you like these Ross. I think they’re pretty great.
      And how can you be so sure that the wheelbarrow gets no use?

      • Ross says:

        Because I can’t remember that you have ever drawn it in any position other than leaning against the tree (but my memory may be failing me here). Wheelbarrows are so interesting as a subject from almost any angle that I am betting, if it ever moved from the tree, you wouldn’t be able to resist drawing it. Hence, I think it never moves from the tree.
        I am happy for you to prove me wrong and draw it in a different position… before it gets snowed in for the winter.

  3. Lee Kline says:

    I keep forgetting to ask (or I keep asking and forget your answer!) BUT, what is the size in which you do most of your watercolors such as the “Pointe Claire Yacht Club,” for example, It is amazing.

  4. AMERICAN MALE says:

    Very nice!

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